Continuing Education & Workforce Development

Professional and Workforce Development Programs

These programs assist students in acquiring new skills and/or enhancing their existing knowledge in a variety of career areas.

Professional Development

In addition to providing professional development programs that can increase competencies in a variety of skill areas, Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers specific programming to assist individuals in maintaining their professional credentials:

  • Act 48 for Educators (for PA certified educators)
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Certified Alcohol Counselors
  • Certified Public Accountants
  • Child Development Associates
  • Food Service
  • Information Technology Professionals
  • Management
  • Nursing
  • Radiography
  • Real Estate
  • Tax Collection
  • TOEFL Test Preparation

Center of Workforce Development

Our Center for Workforce Development provides high value training, working with businesses to customize courses to enhance employee skills, on campus or at your site – you decide.  Our expert staff works to identify specific skills currently lacking and to prepare for future needs. We then tailor programs, drawing from a robust network of recognized trainers to offer the best training at competitive rates. Investment in talent drives employee engagement to help you achieve your business objectives.

We also provide

  • Consultation and training plan development
  • Continuing professional education

If you’re looking to improve the performance and skill sets of your employees, add Bucks to your team. Our goal is to help you create the most productive team to drive growth and success.  Call us today for a free consultation on how we can help.  Please contact Lauren Loeffler, Executive Director, Workforce Development at 215-968-8017 or cwd@bucks.edu. Ask about sourcing and application for funding of your company's training initiatives.

Workforce Development Services Include:

Allied Health Programs

Continuing Education for Nursing and Allied Health is responsive to the needs of the healthcare community for career training, enhancement and advancement. Our course offerings provide quality educational opportunities for a variety of practice specialties for those who wish to continue their professional and personal development. Programs with an asterisk (*) also prepare individuals for industry standard certification of state licensure examinations. Programs include:

  • ARC Lifeguard Training
  • ARC Water Safety Instructor
  • Aquatics Fitness Instructor
  • Bedside Harp
  • Clinical Trial Specialist
  • CPR & First Aid*
  • Computed Tomography
  • Continuing Education for Nurses
  • Dental Assisting
  • Direct Care Worker
  • EKG Technician
  • Gerontology
  • Holistic Therapies
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Mammography
  • Medical Coding & Billing
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Medical Transcription
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Nurse Aide Training
  • Nursing Review & Reentry
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Reiki
  • Thanatology

Information Technology Academy

The IT Academy provides the community with cutting edge, career focused training that prepares our diverse student population for vendor and vendor neutral certifications in an increasingly technology oriented society. Certified instructors focus on practical, hands-on applications throughout all courses and programs. The IT Academy promotes career awareness, skill development, and workplace experiences within the Information Technology field. Programs with an asterisk (*) also prepare individuals for industry standard certifications. Programs include:

  • Computer Fundamentals
    • Introduction to Personal Computers
    • Introduction to MAC OS X
    • Introduction to SQL
    • Microsoft Windows 7 & Windows 8*
    • Microsoft Server Fundamentals*
    • Microsoft Networking Fundamentals*
    • Microsoft Security Fundamentals*
    • Microsoft Database Fundamentals*
    • Microsoft Office 2010 (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook)
    • Microsoft Project 2010
  • CompTIA
    • A+ Certification*
    • Net+ Certificaton*
    • Linux+ Certification*
    • Security+ Certification*
  • Web Design and Development
    • HTML, XHTML & CSS
    • Java Scripting
    • PHP/MySQL
    • Adobe Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, InDesign, Lightroom
  • Microsoft
    • Visual Studio 2010 .NET
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Certification*
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Administration*
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence Developer*
    • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Design and Implementation*
    • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Certification*
  • Google Android Programming, Google AppEngine, Google Cloud
  • Cisco CCNA Certification*
  • Cisco CCNA Security*
  • Cisco CCSP Security*
  • Oracle Database Administration*
  • VMware Server & Workstation Certification*
  • Healthcare
    • CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician Certificate
    • Introduction to Healthcare IT and Medical Office Applications
    • Healthcare Technology Implementation Support Specialist
  • Authorized Testing Center
    • Prometric Testing Center
    • Pearson VUE Testing Center
    • Certiport Testing Center
  • Memberships
    • Microsoft IT Academy
    • Cisco Networking Academy
    • CompTIA Member

For more information on IT Academy programs, please visit: www.bucks.edu/itacademy

Green Jobs Academy

The Green Jobs Academy is a new venture that includes a variety of academic and private industry partners in addition to Bucks County Community College. The Green Jobs Academy provides both long and shorter-term training programs geared toward workers looking for new skill sets in the green and sustainability industries. For more information on programs, please call 215-504-8532.

Business and Industry Services

The Center for Workforce Development provides customized training services for employers seeking to increase productivity, improve quality, and retain employees through workforce Education. Area of expertise include

  • AutoCAD
  • Business Writing
  • Computer Software Applications
  • Customer Service
  • Diversity Awareness
  • Effective Communications
  • Executive Management
  • English as a Second Language
  • First Aid & CPR*
  • Industrial Safety
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Mechanical Maintenance/Mechatronics
  • Presentation Skills
  • Skills Assessments
  • Spanish for the Workplace
  • Supervisory and Leadership Training
  • Teambuilding
  • Train-the-Trainer
  • Employee Safety

Services are delivered at your location or one of our sites located throughout Bucks County. We offer relevant flexible, short format workshops designed to meet your objectives, and scheduled at your convenience. Call 215-968-8006 or go to the Center for Workforce Development website.

Fire and Emergency Services Training

The Bucks County Public Safety Training Center, located in Doylestown, and the Lower Bucks Public Safety Training Center, located in Bristol, are a partnership between the County of Bucks and Bucks County Community College. The Public Safety Training staff provides international, national, and state level fire, rescue, emergency medical, and hazardous materials training at both facilities and off-site locations.

The professional certification testing offered has been examined and accredited by the National Professional Qualifications Board (Pro Board). The Department of Public Safety Training & Certification offers professional certification in over 45 NFPA (National Fire Protection Association disciplines.)

  • For more information visit: www.bucks.edu/publicsafety
  • For a course schedules, registration and information on certification or national certification exams, contact the Staff at 215-340-8417 or 1-888-BUCKS 77
  • For e-mail inquiries, contact: moritzc@bucks.edu

Online Learning

Ed2go, Gatlin, ProTrain and ACT online courses provide the opportunity for students to continue their education by choosing from a variety of online courses in the following areas:

  • Computers and Information Technology
  • Foreign Language
  • English as a Second Language
  • Industrial Technology & Safety Skills
  • Management and Leadership
  • Professional and Personal Development
  • Adult Literacy/Employability Skills

We also offer online certification and license testing, workplace assessments, and educational and career guidance. Please visit us online at www.bucks.edu/actonline.

Adult Education Programs

Adult Education Programs are offered to county residents seeking to upgrade their basic skills or prepare for the GED exam. For program information call 215-968-8553. Employment assistance is available at the Team PA CareerLink sites in Perkasie 215-258- 7755 and Bristol 215-781-1073.

Non-credit American English as a Second Language

Non-credit AESL coursesare designed for beginning through advanced English language learners who are not pursuing a degree at this time.

  • Non-credit AESL courses are a lower cost alternative to credit courses and the tuition includes all books and fees. Most 24-hour courses cost $220; most 48-hour courses cost $340. Non-credit courses do not qualify for financial aid through our college.
  • To learn more, view information about non-credit AESL courses, or contact Marcia Shady at 215-968-8413 or shadym@bucks.edu.

Practical Nursing Program

The PN program is fully approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. For information on this program, please call 215-968-8316.

Radiography Program

The Radiography Program is a two year program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. For more information, please call, 215-968-8475.

Cultural Programs

Each year the Cultural Programs Office presents a variety of musical and theatrical programs of the highest quality aimed at providing the entire family with opportunities for cultural enrichment. Other College organizations sponsor concerts, art exhibits, poetry readings, music and theatre programs, as well as film and lecture series for both students and the public. For a complete brochure listing these events, call 215-968-8087.

Personal Growth and Enrichment

Opportunities for personal growth are offered in art, cooking, culture, fitness, health, language, English as a Second Language, and more. In the summer, the Kids on Campus program for children provides a variety of enriching experiences, which are both fun and challenging. Additionally, enrichment programs for seniors are available both on and off campus at many retirement communities. For complete information, on our programs, call the Office of Continuing Education at 215-968-8409 or visit the Continuing Education website.